How we create:
Because Science has always been Awesome!
Researchers in the Gilroy lab can't help but want to share our fascination with science and plant biology with anyone who will listen; thus, we are active reaching out to local schools, civic groups and the public in general. These activities range from talks and interviews on local TV and radio to visiting schools and societies to discuss plant and space science. We also collaborate with groups such as the Madison West High School Rocketry Club and Badger Ballistics (their University undergraduate counterparts) to design and fly plant science payloads on their rockets (these students are AWESOME!). Additionally, we work closely with the outreach groups at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to provide a regular presence at outreach events such as Saturday Science, DIY Science and Science Expeditions, where we have an immense amount of fun showing how plants work and what happens when you put them into space. Check out our Facebook page for the latest on where we are and what we will be doing. When we are actively running flight experiments to the Space Station, technical updates are posted to our spaceflight blog.
NASA Data Literacy Program
We've been working with NASA GeneLab and WSGC to make life science data accessible to teachers and citizen scientists. This work was made possible by collaborators at the NSF CyVerse Cloud Computing infrastructure, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and Qlik. The Astrobotany team's international presence has grown links a growing a community of Astrobotany educators in the US, Japan and the UK. Our goal is to use the excitement of space exploration to train the next generation of citizen scientist to tackle any challenges that may arise in the future.
Below is a data visualization that provides access to NASA's Meteorite data. In order to understand data it is important to be able to explore it and play with.
Below: A random selection of research, education and outreach related experiences that were captured on film such as Simon on Japanese television.
Studying the past can help us prepare for the future.
Fun Question: How would the world look today if the dinosaurs had built a space program and moon base.